Google CEO Sundar Pichai thinks Android users know how much their phones are tracking them

Google CEO Sundar Pichai thinks Android users know how much their phones are tracking them

Further in the hearing, Pichai was asked if Google could improve its user dashboard and tools to better teach people how to protect their privacy, including turning off data collection and location tracking.

New Release: Tor Browser 8.0.4

New Release: Tor Browser 8.0.4

Tor Browser 8.0.4 contains updates to Tor (0.3.4.9), OpenSSL (1.0.2q) and other bundle components. setting back the sandboxing level to 5 on Windows (the Firefox default), after working around some Tor Launcher interference causing a broken Tor Browser experience.

Tails 3.11 is out

This release fixes many security vulnerabilities. Upgrades and changes Add a confirm dialog between downloading and applying an automatic upgrade to control better when the network is disabled and prevent partially applied upgrades. Update Thunderbird to 60.3.0. Download Tails 3.11.

What the Experts Say about 2018’s Worst Security Breaches

Earlier in the year, it was revealed that the company also allowed a third-party application (Cambridge Analytica) to take the data of over 80 million users, which, though less technical than other hacks, was still significant.

Google will shut down Google+ four months early after second data leak

Google+ has suffered another data leak, and Google has decided to shut down the consumer version of the social network four months earlier than it originally planned.

Sorry, your data can still be identified even if it’s anonymized

Sorry, your data can still be identified even if it’s anonymized

In other words, as urban planners, tech companies, and governments collect and share data, we now know that “it’s anonymized” is never a guarantee of privacy.

Australia passes controversial encryption law, raising serious privacy and legal concerns

Australia passes controversial encryption law, raising serious privacy and legal concerns

Technical capability notice: A notice issued by the attorney general, requiring tech companies to “build a new capability” to decrypt communications for law enforcement.

Congress should dig in on Google's China and data issues, not just bias

Congress should dig in on Google's China and data issues, not just bias

The question is will they use their time to actually query one of the most powerful companies on the planet about some of the big issues -- like data privacy, China and censorship -- facing Google.

Ads Following You Around? Here’s How You Can Stop Them

Ads Following You Around? Here’s How You Can Stop Them

When you use incognito or privacy mode on your browser, it automatically deletes the cookies that are stored in a temporary folder. If you don’t want any advertisers to track you, use a secure browser.

How to Avoid Stingray Downgrade Attacks

How to Avoid Stingray Downgrade Attacks

Stingray devices make use of this vulnerability. Stingray devices are smarter than the apps and can easily outsmart the latter. How to stay safe from Stingray attacks

Unprecedented: The US Government Just Publicly Identified and Blacklisted Two Bitcoin Addresses

Unprecedented: The US Government Just Publicly Identified and Blacklisted Two Bitcoin Addresses

Although Ghorbaniyan and Khorashadizadeh are not suspected of orchestrating the attacks, they are accused of processing 7,000 bitcoin transactions linked to the scam and converting the money to Iranian rial. It will publicly de-anonymize crypto addresses and prohibit transactions if it suspects illegal activity.

Face Value

Face Value

Face Value What do we actually give up when we upload our face to these apps? Joseph Atick, a forefather of facial recognition technology, reckons with its future. And we head to China, where you’ll need your face to use the bathroom.

Facebook emails reveal discussions over call log consent

Facebook emails reveal discussions over call log consent

Facebook has always maintained that it only collected data from users who opted in, but in a tranche of internal emails obtained as part of a lawsuit against the company and released by the digital, culture, media and sport committee, employees discuss how to minimise the amount of consent they would need to ask for to begin the collection.

WPP has formed a new unit that wants to create a rival to Google, Facebook, and Apple ID

WPP has formed a new unit that wants to create a rival to Google, Facebook, and Apple ID

Xaxis GroupM, the media investment group that sits within the world's largest advertising holding company WPP, is forming a new data and technology unit called mPlatform.

Privacy Organizations to California Lawmakers: Defend and Strengthen the California Consumer Privacy Act

Privacy Organizations to California Lawmakers: Defend and Strengthen the California Consumer Privacy Act

California’s data privacy law, enacted in June, is a critical step forward to protect the privacy and security of technology users’ data. The letter also calls for improvements to strengthen the CCPA and cement California’s role as a privacy leader.

Tumblr will start blocking adult content on December 17th

Tumblr will start blocking adult content on December 17th

"As Tumblr continues to grow and evolve, and our understanding of our impact on our world becomes clearer, we have a responsibility to consider that impact across different age groups, demographics, cultures and mindsets," the company said in a statement about its decision to ban adult content.

Between The Jetsons and Black Mirror: Google Reveals New Plan For Smart City

Between The Jetsons and Black Mirror: Google Reveals New Plan For Smart City

“Torontonians want more affordable housing, faster ways to get around the city, safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists, [and] a cleaner and healthier environment,” says a statement from Jesse Shapins, Sidewalk Labs’s director of public realm.

Multiple threats from EU’s GDPR to today’s corporate surveillance and targeted advertising system

Multiple threats from EU’s GDPR to today’s corporate surveillance and targeted advertising system

As a subsequent post explained, a formal GDPR complaint has been submitted to the data protection authorities in the UK and in Ireland, asking them to investigate the use of real-time bidding systems by Google and other ad-tech companies.

Meet The Man Who’s Building a Commission-Free ‘BitMEX’ [Interview]

Meet The Man Who’s Building a Commission-Free ‘BitMEX’ [Interview]

Bitcoinist spoke with Adam Todd, CEO of Digitex Futures, a trading platform that aims to become a commission-free, non-custodial ‘BitMEX’ for cryptocurrencies built on Ethereum.

GCHQ’s not-so-smart idea to spy on encrypted messaging apps is branded ‘absolute madness’

GCHQ’s not-so-smart idea to spy on encrypted messaging apps is branded ‘absolute madness’

Exactly what the U.K.’s solution looks like isn’t entirely clear, but Mustafa Al-Bassam, a PhD student at University College London, said that the ability for users to verify their keys — which proves the identity of a person in a conversation — in an end-to-end messaging app is “is going to be increasingly important” to prevent government manipulation.

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

The spy agencies would be allowed to order a company to silently add government snoops to conversations, presumably turning off any notifications that alert users to the fact that a new person has been added to the chat, or an existing one changed.

So You Want A Facebook Alternative! – Anmol – Medium

So You Want A Facebook Alternative! – Anmol – Medium

Clustrz (www.clustrz.com) — A Platform for High Quality and Insightful Discussions Online, Not based on Selling Ads! But privacy and simple groups based communication is not the only goal of Clustrz. Our view at Clustrz is to provide tools which would allow better insights and higher quality communication online.

Necuno Mobile: An open phone with Plasma Mobile

Necuno Mobile: An open phone with Plasma Mobile

Necuno Solutions is working with open source mobile communities and intends to make their hardware a welcoming platform for Free and open source operating systems in the mobile ecosystem.

This Week in Data Breaches: Amazon, Uber, USPS, and More

This Week in Data Breaches: Amazon, Uber, USPS, and More

Bloom: Take Back Control of Your Data At Bloom, we are giving you the tools to take back control of your data. Bloom enables you to own, authorize the use of, and protect your data using the latest advancements in blockchain technology. More on Privacy and Data Security from Bloom

IRL Ads Are Taking Scary Inspiration From Social Media

IRL Ads Are Taking Scary Inspiration From Social Media

Some ad tech firms, like Cuebiq, say they don’t share location data with their clients and that there would be no reason for advertisers to pinpoint individual users with their mobile ad IDs. But privacy advocates are suspicious of these claims because correlating data could be useful to advertisers in targeting potential customers.

What Are Public Keys And Private Encryption Keys?

What Are Public Keys And Private Encryption Keys?

So as long as you have the public key, you can send a message. In terms of cryptocurrencies, you can send coins to a wallet if you have its public key. You might wonder why private and public keys are such long strings of characters and numbers.

Uber fined €1M for 2016 data breach by European privacy watchdogs

Uber fined €1M for 2016 data breach by European privacy watchdogs

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (Dutch DPA) just announced it’s imposing a €600,000 fine on Uber and its Dutch subsidiary Uber B.V. for violating Dutch data breach regulation in 2016.

UK cops won't go after researcher who reported security issue to York city officials

UK cops won't go after researcher who reported security issue to York city officials

North Yorkshire Police said today they're not pursuing a criminal case against the researcher who found a vulnerability in a mobile app developed by the York city council.

Schneier on Security

You visit the website of an international immigrants' rights group, a fact that is available to the government through mass Internet surveillance. We don't yet know which subversive ideas and illegal acts of today will become political causes and positive social change tomorrow, but they're around.

US Postal Service admits flaw exposed exactly what 60 million users were getting delivered

US Postal Service admits flaw exposed exactly what 60 million users were getting delivered

Security investigator KrebsOnSecurity discovered a vulnerability on USPS' website that allowed anyone to see online users' street addresses, usernames, phone number and other personal information. KrebsOnSecurity discovered a vulnerability on USPS' website that allowed anyone to see online users' street addresses, usernames, phone number and other personal information

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